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    Pets With Mental Health Problems

    Just as humans have mental health issues, so do animals. My mother cat has *overprotection of kitten syndrome*.

    It is so bad that when the kitten plays with the adult male cat and makes a little squeak or they run as they play, she attacks the male cat. An all out cat fight ensues in my house with fur flying every which way.

    She has been spayed and the male has been neutered. Poor poppa kitty is more of a nervous, scaredy cat and this has upset him so that he is too afraid to be in the same room with her.

    My only solution was to put her outside and have her in for short periods to eat and have exposure to the male cat & kitten playing without her attacking in the hopes that it would diminish. From what I read, the male cat being scared makes the situation worse and the more the attacks happen the more difficult to repair the relationship.

    Momma cat has never been aggressive before or under any other situations accept the playing of the kitten with the poppa cat. :roll:

    The attacks still happen so my next solution is to try medication. The hope is that she will be exposed to the playing and not be triggered to attack and that this will unlearn the behaviour. The medication is Bio-Calm and the ingredients are Thiamine (Vitamin B1) and L-Theanine.

    If this does not work then I have to take her to the cat psychologist.

    Anyone else with pets that need therapy or medications?

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    Re: Pets With Mental Health Problems

    Dr. Bach's Rescue Remedy often helps in these cases. You can get a diffuser (sorta like a plug-in air freshener) that will release it into the air. It really does help relieve this kind of aggressive behavior in cats, and is often used by feral rescuers to assist in taming their more recalcitrant rescues.

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    Re: Pets With Mental Health Problems

    Dr. Bach's Rescue Remedy often helps in these cases.
    There's a lot of anecdotal "evidence" that this is true, but I would be very skeptical. There is a Google cache of a www.psychlinks.ca/phpbb/viewtopic.php%3Fp%3D10219%26+sitesychlinks.ca+rescue+remedy&hl=en&gl=us&ct=clnk&cd= 1]previous discussion[/url] regarding the lack of evidence for Rescue Remedy treating anxiety, albeit human anxiety rather than feline anxiety.

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    Re: Pets With Mental Health Problems

    I, personally, have my doubts about the effectivity of Rescue Remedy on humans. However, I have used it on cats (I do some rescue work involving ferals), and have found it very effective to reduce their aggressiveness. I place the newly caught feral in the bathroom with a Rescue Remedy diffuser, food, litter box and bed. I've tested it without the Rescue Remedy and the animals are far more restless and likely to spit and claw than if Rescue Remedy is used.

    I should add that Rescue Remedy can also be added to the cat's food. This is difficult with ferals, as they often won't eat when first captured; however, with a pet cat it might work just fine.

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    Re: Pets With Mental Health Problems

    I agree that there's not a lot of evidence that the Bach Remedies actually do anything in humans, Daniel, but it's possible that the effect is different with animals. Look at cat nip...

    Edit: I started that reply and then was on the phone for quite a while and when I eventually hit "Submit" TL had replied.

    Weren't the Bach Remedies, and perhaps especially Rescue Remedy, originally developed for use with animals? Or am I remembering that incorrectly?

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    Yes, David. I believe the remedies were originally developed for use with cats. At least, that's what I recall being told when it was suggested that I use Rescue Remedy for my first feral rescue. I did a bit of research, on the internet and on my own, and discovered that Rescue Remedy really does have a calming effect on cats. Don't know about dogs, as I've never tried it.

    Thankfully, catnip doesn't make me drool and make an arse of myself like it does my cats! I've tried catnip tea, just to check it out. Tastes awful, does nothing!

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    If the Remedy Rescue works at all, it's worth the $10. Maybe the 27% brandy alcohol that is in most formulations of the "Rescue Remedy" helps out, but I doubt that since only a few drops are given.

    BTW, Dr. Bach's biography is interesting, though it doesn't add credibility. He was a medical doctor that, according to him, received divine inspiration for developing his flower remedies, which were originally given to his human patients and then later to animals. Basically, the guy was more into spirits than science. The most interesting story has to be:

    [Dr. Bach] "saw" the spirit of a drowned man hovering over the man's body and insisted that artificial respiration be continued for eight hours.

    http://www.mystrobl.de/ws/bachfle.htm


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    Re: Pets With Mental Health Problems

    My grandmother's dog had separation anxiety when it was younger, and she gave it Rescue Remedy whenever she had to leave him somewhere. In the end it worked out in a completely unintended way: the dog disliked the rescue remedy so much that it stopped whinging when she left just to avoid being given the stuff


    "As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light of meaning in the darkness of mere being." - Carl Jung

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    LOL! That reminds me of my mother's home made cough syrup. She used to boil water, brown sugar, onions, and god knows what else down into a thick disgusting syrup and she always claimed that it would cure a cough in one dose. What she didn't know was that after that one dose we were afraid to cough again because then we'd have to have another dose. We'd stuff socks in our mouths or hold our breaths to avoid coughing rather than do that.

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    BTW, HeartArt, how long has it been since the mother cat gave birth? In other words, how old is the kitten? I would think that time is on your side since the maternal instinct would decrease with time and, of course, the kitten will obviously get bigger and eventually stop squeaking when playing.

    Regarding traditional meds:

    If behavior or environmental modification alone doesn?t work, discuss drug therapy with a veterinarian. ?Anti-anxiety drugs including anti-depressants will lower arousal level,? says Dr. Lindell. ?Some cats are explosive and an anti-anxiety drug will help with impulsive aggression. It?s important to work through environmental factors, though.?

    http://www.catwatchnewsletter.com/sample/fights.html

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